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    News Round-Up: Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Thursday, April 24th, 2014

    Almost 1,600 veterans are forced to wait for care from a doctor; a new Georgia law allows guns in school districts, bars; and lawmakers threaten to pull funding from public universities. Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcome their new son; a teen with terminal cancer raises over $1,000,000 for charity; and a runway model criticizes thin-shaming.

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list: http://rtvote.com/ROzEle
    Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix, Arizona created a scheme to hide the fact that between 1,400 and 1,600 sick veterans had no choice but to wait for months for doctoral care. At least 40 of those veterans suffered and died because they could not get care. What’s worse? The management at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix knew about and defended the waiting list. A former doctor at the hospital said there were two lists the hospital used: one that was shown to Washington that proves that people were getting care (the “sham” list) and the other that showed how veterans had to wait for up to a year: the “real” list. The hospital also did not preserve records and could make it seem as though a person never came in for an appointment. After the allegations came to a head, Congress has ordered all records to be preserved.

    Georgia law allows guns in some schools, bars, churches: http://rtvote.com/1k9l9lb
    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday that would allow guns to be carried into previously gun-free zones: like bars, churches, school zones, airports, and government buildings. The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 (or the “guns everywhere bill” as dubbed by opponents) was lobbied for by GeorgiaCarry, a pro-gun rights organization and will go into effect on July 1st of this year. 5% of Georgia’s population has passed background checks necessary to own a gun, and Deal says that this legislation “gives added protection to those who have played by the rules.” Some people, like members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, refuse to allow guns in their sanctuary. Others regard the law as ridiculous because the state has refused to expand healthcare and accept Obamacare but allows its citizens to own guns. However, the Safe Carry Protection Act has garnered wide support from members of the NRA and other supporters of the right to carry.

    Lawmakers pressure universities with threat to pull funds: http://rtvote.com/1f7AGTC
    States are threatening to pull funding from universities based on the information they teach, the things professors say, and the organizations partnered with the schools. For example, in South Carolina, funding is threatened at two different universities because students were asked to read a book discussing homosexuality. In Kansas, lawmakers threatened to “withhold appropriations” after a professor tweeted anti-NRA rhetoric. Some states have also banned universities from sending money to organizations that support things like unionization and boycotts that the state did not support. Colleges and lawmakers are trying to work together to find common ground.

    Ukraine tense as Russia launches military drills, activists die in clashes: http://rtvote.com/ROW3yJ
    After Russian forces practiced military drills near the Russian-Ukraine border, Ukrainian officials claim that they killed five pro-Russian militant activists. The deaths occurred as the Ukrainian military attempted to remove barricades from around Slavyansk, a Ukrainian city occupied by pro-Russian activists. Russian Vladimir Putin was quick to respond, saying: “If the Kiev regime has started to use the army against the population inside the country, it, beyond any doubt, is a very serious crime.” He also threatened “consequences” to the Ukrainians. Foreign nations, like the United States and countries represented in NATO, have expressed worry at the 40,000 Russian troops that have gathered at the border and have asked Russian forces to back down.

    CULTURAL

    Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcome baby Otis! http://rtvote.com/1k9D1MJ

    The Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill tragically dies in freak accident: http://rtvote.com/1gUsLnK

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, loses her brother in accident: http://rtvote.com/1hq099r

    Jodie Foster is married! Congrats! http://rtvote.com/1nscIF1

    Terminally ill teen raises over $1,000,000 for charity: http://rtvote.com/1ptSRXQ

    Runway model: “If you can feel beautiful for being big, I can feel beautiful about being small”: http://rtvote.com/1lJpkbh

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

    The House passed a temporary bill to keep the government’s lights on, the Supreme Court tells the Westboro Baptist Church they can still host protests against gays at military funerals, we’re shocked by the Pakistan Minister’s assassination, we’re concerned that a surprising level of antibiotics in our food could be making us sicker, we’ve got our fingers crossed that the NFL and CBA can kiss and make up by tomorrow, and we’re all wrapped up in Rihanna and Ciara’s Twitter war.

    CRUCIAL:

    Pakistan Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti Shot Dead, http://bbc.in/hxoCdk

    Pakistan Minorities Minister was killed after being ambushed by gunmen on his way to work. It is unclear as to why he was traveling without security.

    House Advances Budget and Cuts $4 Billion, http://nyti.ms/hq75Pr

    The House passed a two week stop gap bill in order to avoid a government shutdown on Friday, and the Senate is expected to follow suit. Partisan tensions are still running high despite the passage, and a longer term agreement has not been reached.

    High Court Rules For Military Funeral Protesters, http://wapo.st/i7q7Ol

    The Supreme Court upheld the appeals court ruling that allowed protesters to picket military funerals to promote their anti-gay message.

    GOP Freshman Flex Their Muscles, http://politi.co/eSjKoH

    After voting on budget cuts this week it is easy to see exactly where Republican freshmen stand on a variety of issues from abortion to healthcare.

    Email Flap Puts Heat on Issa, http://bit.ly/gb9YXa

    Darrell Issa’s top press aid was fired after he leaked emails to New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich, causing a press nightmare for the politician.

    Rebels, Gadhafi Forces Battle Over Libyan Oil Port, http://huff.to/f8fflg

    Gadhafi maintains control over key oil ports despite battling a growing rebellion from his former followers.

    Bill Would Require Maine Voter to Show Photo ID, http://bit.ly/ffXsju

    Maine, which is notorious for its liberal voting laws and high voter turn out, might be facing a change of pass if proposed legislation requiring voters to show ID passes.

    Today’s Food System: All Drugged Up, http://huff.to/gDzguN

    80 percent of antibiotic use in the US is directed towards animals, many of whom are not even sick. This means that the meat that we eat contains antibiotics that we don’t need, in turn creating more drug resistant strains of viruses, keeping us sicker for longer.

    NFL and Collective Bargaining Agreement to expire Thursday, unsure of what’s to come, http://huff.to/hJxxnu

    Rajat Gupta now holds the record for biggest insider trading scandal, http://bit.ly/eHocoA

    Has our developed society diminished our ability to remember?, http://bit.ly/gpJ2Ub

    Healthcare reformed again, http://lat.ms/eVrFb7

    CULTURAL:

    Charlie Sheen joins Twitter: http://on.mtv.com/gqdHsZ

    Grey’s Anatomy the musical: http://eonli.ne/eRRHl9

    New couple Olivia Wilde and Ryan Gosling: http://eonli.ne/eDhrVK

    “Born this Way” pop culture cheat sheet: http://on.mtv.com/dHBqry

    Lizzie McGuire returns?: http://bzfd.it/f28UWi

    Rihanna vs. Ciara: http://bit.ly/fZxcUf

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com